Synonyms of turn in English:

turn


See definition of turn

verb

1‘the wheels were still turning’

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go round, revolve, rotate, spin, go round and round, go round in circles, roll, circle, wheel, whirl, twirl, gyrate, swivel, spiral, pivot

2‘I turned and headed back the way I had come’

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change direction, turn round, change course, make a U-turn, reverse direction

swing round, wheel round, turn about

3‘the BMW turned the corner and vanished from sight’

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go round, pass round, sweep round, round

negotiate, take

4‘a narrow path that turned alternately to right and left’

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bend, curve, wind, twist, loop, meander, snake, zigzag

5‘he turned his pistol on Laidlaw’

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aim at, point at, level at, direct at, train at, focus on

6‘Wright turned his ankle in the first minute of the game’

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sprain, twist, rick, wrench

hurt, injure

7‘their dream honeymoon turned into a nightmare’

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become, develop into, prove to be, turn out to be

change into, be transformed into, metamorphose into

8‘Emmeline turned pale’

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become, go, grow, get, come to be

9‘he turned the house into three flats’

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convert, change, transform, make

adapt, modify, rebuild, reconstruct, refashion, remake, make over, restyle

10‘I've just turned forty’

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become, pass

informal hit

11‘the milk had turned’

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become sour, go sour, go off, sour, curdle, become rancid, go bad, spoil, taint

12‘in 1959, he turned to politics’

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take up, become involved with, get involved with, involve oneself in, begin to participate in, go in for, enter, become interested in, start doing, undertake

ANTONYMS

give up, drop

13‘we can now turn to another aspect of the problem’

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move on to, go on to, begin to consider, turn one's attention to, attend to, address oneself to, apply oneself to

pick up, take up, refer to

14‘she turned a clumsy somersault’

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perform, execute, do, carry out

15‘wooden objects turned on a lathe’

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fashion, make, shape, mould, cast, form


noun

1‘a turn of the wheel’

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rotation, revolution, spin, circle, whirl, twirl, gyration, swivel

2‘the vehicle slowed and made a turn to the left’

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change of direction, change of course, turning, veer, divergence

3‘they negotiated the sharp turn at the end of the narrow street’

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bend, corner, dog-leg, twist, zigzag

British hairpin bend

4‘slow down, we're approaching the turn’

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turning, junction, crossroads

North American turnout

5‘you'll get your turn in a minute’

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opportunity, chance, say

stint, spell, time

try, attempt

informal go, shot, stab, crack

6‘a highly entertaining comic turn’

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act, routine, performance, number, piece

show

7‘why don't you take a turn around the garden?’

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stroll, walk, saunter, amble, wander, airing, promenade

drive, ride, outing, excursion, jaunt

informal mosey, tootle, spin

British informal pootle

dated constitutional

rare perambulation

8‘you gave me quite a turn!’

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shock, START, surprise, jolt

fright, scare

9‘she had done me some good turns over the previous few months’

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service, deed, act, action

favour, act of kindness, kindness

disservice, wrong, harm, injury


Phrases

    turn against someone

      ‘people had turned against him’

      SYNONYMS

      become hostile to, take a dislike to, become unsympathetic to, become disenchanted with, become disillusioned with

      ANTONYMS

      take someone's part, stand up for

    turn someone against someone else

      ‘Helen turned him against his father’

      SYNONYMS

      make hostile to, set against, cause to dislike, cause to be unfriendly towards, prejudice against, influence against

      alienate from, drive a wedge between, estrange from

      ANTONYMS

      reconcile

    turn someone away

      ‘reporters were turned away from the college’

      SYNONYMS

      refuse admittance to, send away

      reject, rebuff, repel, cold-shoulder

      informal

      send packing, give someone the brush-off

      ANTONYMS

      admit

    turn back

      ‘they turned back before reaching the church’

      SYNONYMS

      retrace one's steps, go back, return

      retreat

      ANTONYMS

      continue, carry on

    turn someone/something back

      ‘demonstrators attempted to storm the naval base, but were turned back by police’

      SYNONYMS

      repulse, drive back, fight back, force back, beat back, beat off, put to flight, repel

    turn someone/something down

      1‘his novel was turned down by publisher after publisher’

      SYNONYMS

      reject, spurn, rebuff, refuse, decline, say no to

      informal

      give the thumbs down to, give the red light to

      British informal

      knock back

      ANTONYMS

      accept

      2‘Pete turned the sound down’

      SYNONYMS

      reduce, lower, decrease, lessen

      muffle, mute

      ANTONYMS

      turn up

    turn in

      ‘I think I'll turn in’

      SYNONYMS

      go to bed, retire, call it a day, go to sleep

      informal

      hit the hay, hit the sack

      British informal

      go up the stairs to Bedfordshire

    turn someone in

      ‘she turned her husband in to the police’

      SYNONYMS

      hand over, turn over

      betray, inform on, denounce, sell out, stab someone in the back

      informal

      split on, blow the whistle on, rat on, peach on, squeal on, squeak on

      British informal

      grass on, sneak on, shop

      North American informal

      rat out, drop a dime on, drop the dime on, finger

      Australian NZ informal

      dob on, pimp on, pool, shelf, put someone's pot on

      rare

      delate

    turn something in

      1‘the documents must be turned in at a licensing office’

      SYNONYMS

      hand in, hand over, give in, submit, tender, proffer, offer

      deliver

      return, give back, surrender, give up

      2‘he turned in a score of 199 not out’

      SYNONYMS

      achieve, attain, reach, make

      notch up, chalk up, rack up, register, record

    turn off

      ‘they turned off the main road’

      SYNONYMS

      leave, branch off

      take a side road, take another road

      informal

      make a left, make a right, take a left, take a right

      North American informal

      hang a left, hang a right

      ANTONYMS

      join

    turn someone off

      ‘most people were turned off by the extreme sentimentality of the film’

      SYNONYMS

      put off, leave someone cold, repel, disgust, revolt, nauseate, sicken, offend

      informal

      disenchant, alienate

      informal

      bore

      North American informal

      gross out

      ANTONYMS

      attract, arouse

    turn something off

      ‘she turned the light off and lay back on the bed’

      SYNONYMS

      switch off, turn out, put off, shut off, power down, flick off, extinguish, deactivate, trip

      unplug, disconnect

      informal

      kill, cut

      ANTONYMS

      turn on

    turn on

      ‘the decision turned on a principle of civil law’

      SYNONYMS

      depend on, rest on, hang on, hinge on, be contingent on, be decided by

      concern, revolve round, relate to

    turn someone on

      SYNONYMS

      arouse, sexually arouse, excite, stimulate, make someone feel sexually excited, make someone feel sexy, titillate

      informal

      please, attract

      informal

      give someone a thrill, get someone going, float someone's boat, do it for someone, light someone's fire, tickle someone's fancy

      ANTONYMS

      leave someone cold

    turn something on

      ‘she turned on the TV’

      SYNONYMS

      switch on, put on, power up, flick on

      plug in

      start up, boot up, activate, cause to operate

      ANTONYMS

      turn off

    turn on someone

      ‘he turned on her with cold savagery’

      SYNONYMS

      attack, set on, fall on, launch an attack on, let fly at, lash out at, hit out at

      weigh into, round on, lose one's temper with

      informal

      lay into, tear into, lace into, sail into, pitch into, let someone have it, get stuck into, wade into, bite someone's head off, jump down someone's throat

      British informal

      have a go at

      North American informal

      light into

    turn out

      1‘a huge crowd turned out to cheer the home team’

      SYNONYMS

      come, go, be present, attend, put in an appearance, appear, turn up, arrive

      assemble, gather

      informal

      show up

      2‘it turned out that she had been two-timing him’

      SYNONYMS

      transpire, prove to be the case, emerge, come to light, become known, become apparent, be revealed, be disclosed

      3‘things didn't quite turn out as I'd intended’

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      happen, occur, come about

      develop, evolve

      work out, come out, end up, result

      informal

      pan out

      rare

      eventuate

    turn someone out

      ‘her father turned her out of the house’

      SYNONYMS

      throw out, put out, eject, evict

      expel, oust, drive out, force out, drum out

      deport, banish

      informal

      kick out, chuck out, send packing, boot out, defenestrate, show someone the door, give someone their marching orders, throw someone out on their ear

      British informal

      turf out

    turn something out

      1‘he turned out the light’

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      switch off, turn off, put off, shut off, flick off

      extinguish

      unplug, disconnect

      ANTONYMS

      turn on

      2‘the firm turns out a million meters a year’

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      produce, make, manufacture, fabricate, assemble, put together, process, bring out, put out, churn out

      3‘she had taken it into her head to turn out the kitchen cupboards’

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      clear out, clean out

    turn over

      ‘the little dinghy turned over on the lake’

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      overturn, upturn, capsize, keel over, turn turtle, roll over, be upended

    turn something over

      1‘I quickly turned over the first few pages’

      SYNONYMS

      flip over, flick over, flick through, leaf through

      turn

      2‘she turned the proposal over in her mind’

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      think about, think over, consider, weigh up, ponder, contemplate, reflect on, chew over, mull over, muse on, ruminate on, give thought to

      archaic

      pore on

      3‘he turned over the retail side of the business to his brother’

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      transfer, hand over, pass on, give, consign, assign, commit

    turn over a new leaf

      ‘I see fatherhood as a chance to turn over a new leaf’

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      reform, improve, amend

      mend one's ways, become a better person, change completely, make a fresh start, change for the better, reconstruct oneself

      informal

      go straight, get back on the straight and narrow

      ANTONYMS

      backslide

    turn someone's stomach

      ‘the sight of all that blood turned her stomach’

      SYNONYMS

      nauseate, cause to feel sick, cause to feel nauseous, sicken, make sick, make someone's gorge rise, make someone's stomach rise

      informal

      make someone want to throw up

      turn
    turn tail

      ‘I was so shocked I just turned tail and ran home as fast as I could’

      SYNONYMS

      run away, flee, bolt, make off, take to one's heels, show someone a clean pair of heels, cut and run, beat a retreat, beat a hasty retreat

      informal

      scram, scarper, skedaddle, vamoose

      ANTONYMS

      stand one's ground

    turn to someone/something

      1‘they turned to the social services’

      SYNONYMS

      seek help from, have recourse to, approach, apply to, look to, appeal to

      turn

      2‘he turned to drink’

      SYNONYMS

      take to, resort to, have recourse to

      ANTONYMS

      give up, abstain from

      turn
    turn up

      1‘all the missing documents had turned up’

      SYNONYMS

      be found, be discovered, be located, come to light

      reappear

      ANTONYMS

      disappear, go missing

      2‘a couple of policemen turned up’

      SYNONYMS

      arrive, put in an appearance, make an appearance, appear, be present, present oneself, turn out

      informal

      show up, show, show one's face

      ANTONYMS

      stay away

      3‘wait and see—something better will turn up’

      SYNONYMS

      present itself, occur, happen, crop up

    turn something up

      1‘she turned up the volume’

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      increase, raise, amplify, make louder, intensify

      ANTONYMS

      turn down

      2‘they turned up a bit of information about his life’

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      discover, uncover, unearth, bring to light, find, hit on, dig up, ferret out, root out, expose

      3‘I had turned up the hem of my skirt’

      SYNONYMS

      take up, raise

      shorten

      ANTONYMS

      let down

    at every turn

      ‘her name seemed to come up at every turn’

      SYNONYMS

      repeatedly, recurrently, all the time, always, continually, constantly, on every occasion, again and again, over and over again

    in turn

      ‘let's consider these three points in turn’

      SYNONYMS

      one after the other, one by one, one at a time, in succession, successively, sequentially, in order

      seriatim

    take a turn for the better

      ‘his fortunes took a turn for the better in 1988’

      SYNONYMS

      improve, get better, pick up, look up, perk up, rally, turn a corner, turn the corner

      recover, revive

    take a turn for the worse

      ‘Anglo-French relations had taken a turn for the worse’

      SYNONYMS

      deteriorate, get worse, grow worse, worsen, decline, retrogress

      informal

      go downhill

      turn
    to a turn

      ‘beefburgers done to a turn’

      SYNONYMS

      perfectly, just right, exactly right, to perfection

      informal

      to a T

    turn of events

      ‘she was utterly unprepared for this turn of events’

      SYNONYMS

      development, incident, occurrence, happening, circumstance, phenomenon

      turn
    turn of mind

      ‘those of us of a less scientific turn of mind’

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      bent, disposition, inclination, tendency, propensity, bias, way of thinking

      aptitude, talent, gift, flair

    turn of phrase

      ‘it's not exactly a turn of phrase that trips off the tongue’

      SYNONYMS

      expression, idiom, choice of words

      word, phrase, term, locution